European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has urged both Greece and FYROM to resolve the long-running naming dispute in order for the latter to open talks over membership with the bloc, according to the Kathimerini.
Juncker arrived in FYROM on Sunday on a tour of the Western Balkans hat also will include Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Montenegro. He met in the capital, Skopje, with FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. He praised FYROM for the “pace of reforms” needed to join the EU, but urged the government to settle the 25-year dispute over the country's name. Greece argues that FYROM’s use of it when it gained independence in 1991 implies territorial claims to its Macedonia province
Juncker said: “Do your job with Greece... I do not intend to lecture those involved.”
The two countries continue with UN-backed negotiations in a bid to resolve the issue. While there has been progress, the vast majority of Greeks remain firmly opposed to any use of the word ‘Macedonia’ in any FYROM official name.